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Edward Petherbridge in the ‘The Exorcism’ episode of the BBC’s Dead of Night series, 1972

Harold Lloyd addresses himself at Coney Island’s Luna Park. (SPEEDY, 1928)

“Lloyd doggedly set out to create a type on-screen as close as he could make it to an average specimen—a mirror image of the American audience. The fact that the man who said this was anything but average, a brilliantly gifted physical performer with a genius for constructing comic gags, who moreover understood the film medium with greater sophistication than all but a handful of his peers, speaks to both his modesty and his vanity … He embodied the spirit of the American dream that any average individual with gumption could attain success …

Lloyd had a purer sense than most of what it meant to keep audiences laughing. He was a profound student of the art of comedy, as well as one of its most ebullient practitioners.”

– Philip Lopate, from Speedy: The Comic Figure of the Average Man